Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why I Should Not be Allowed to Visit the Mall

Week of March 18, 2012:

Monday: Yoga (Baptiste Power Vinyasa Flow with Dave Farmar)

Tuesday: Short run!

Wednesday: Bike commute

Three things Thursday:

1)  I think I hurt my shoulders doing yoga on Monday.  Either that, or they’re just really sore, probably from lack of doing any yoga more vigorous than pajama yoga.

2)  I ran this week!  On Tuesday, I headed out for a short run after work, and it was good.  It was slow, of course, because I took two weeks off of running, but I had no weird soreness or pain.  I’m giving myself the green light to begin running regularly again, which is important, because I’m running a 10K with JD in June, and I need to be ready to kick JD’s butt keep up with JD, who is faster than he thinks.

3)  I hate the mall.  Well, that’s not true.  Sometimes I enjoy the mall, mostly for the eye candy and occasionally for actual shopping.  Yesterday I had an appointment with the eye doctor, and the doctor’s office is in the mall.  I arrived early, so I walked around a bit, and I found myself in front of Finish Line, a running gear store.  In their store window, they had a big poster featuring two men running past two women.  The women were sitting by a pool, wearing bikinis, looking delighted, while these men ran past them.  I looked at that poster, and I just thought, Ugh.  Another example of scantily-clad women playing the adoring fans as men impress them with their athletic prowess.

Dear Finish Line, as a female who might consider buying running gear from your store, ads that prominently display women as sideline eye candy for men’s running do not make me want to shop in your store.  In fact, these ads make me kinda stabby, and in the interest of not taking my anger out on your merchandise, I’m just going to run far, far away.  I don’t run to impress men, and I’m certainly not waiting around for a man to impress me.


  1. I am glad you are starting to get going again after your half. It always surprises me the difference in recovery times, sometimes it is 3 or 4 days sometimes two weeks. I think you will be doing some butt kicking in the 10k, can't wait to try and chase you down.

    1. Hee hee! I can't wait to run that race with you, JD. It's going to be awesome. I might be forced--FORCED!--to start running earlier in the morning here in order to continue running outside to train for the 10K. Maybe I will learn to love morning runs :-)